When Do You Know When Something DOESN'T Work ?
This was a question asked on a message board recently. Do you know when something isn't right? My answer was very simply - yes. And when its not right, it just won't do. I know you have heard of the Horse Whisperer ....I am the House Whisperer. LOL
My home speaks to me and tells me when something doesn't "feel" right. When the House ain't happy - Barb's not happy...or something like that.
Case in point my current project...or maybe I should say projectS!!! This kitchen remodel seems to be taking forever and a day. But because company is coming this weekend, I am bound and determined to finish this project...projectS!
We were not blessed with beautiful cabinets when we bought this home. They were horribly "crackled", the tile was falling off the countertops, the paint was hideous. All of these problems I knew I could fix. And I have. But, what I am not able to fix without totally ripping out and replacing cabinets is the HUGE expanse of soffit above the cabinets. Our 10' ceilings only increase the visual height.
(see pic below)
For years, I have experimented with solutions to fill this space. Keep in mind it is on both sides of my kitchen. I have played with shelving, thought about Wall Words, stenciling, and all sorts of ideas. A few weeks ago when I went "house shopping" - my whole kitchen design just came together. One idea lead to another....my home finally spoke to me. It also said "enough is enough...finish me!" :-)
I decided that I wanted to wallpaper the backside of the hutch. I had in mind a harlequin pattern, but wasn't sure. It had to be the right pattern, because whatever I papered the hutch with - I was going to use above the cabs. My plan? I am having installed some "paneling" frames above the cabs, which I will fill in with wallpaper.
What will go inside this wallpaper-filled framed area? These beauties!
They are Portuguese majolica plates. I found them by chance at Marshall's while I was Christmas shopping. (Oh, don't even act like you don't shop for yourself while you are supposed to be shopping for others!) :-)
I bought two matching sets - again keep in mind that I have two matching walls.
Here they are closer up.... A platter for the center ....
The Bunny Plate...
The Cow Plate...
The Piggy Plate....and
The Hen and Rooster Plate...
You can also see the black and white harlequin paper I found at Lowe's.
Here is the hutch before I added a sampling of wallpaper...
Here is the After with the middle shelf papered. So far, so good ...
Close-up of wallpaper in back of shelf... I wasn't 100% "feeling" it but I was willing to "listen" some more.
Time for a mock-up! Open up the ole' Paint Program! Now I am no genius when it comes to mock-ups. I have a friend (hi RobbiesMom) who is awesome. Mine are more along the lines of "barely getting by." But, its just enough for me to see that if I went through with this particular wallpaper, my house would be very mad that I had ignored what it was saying. My house was saying...."good try, but no way!"
The house whispered to me...needs more red, and I agreed. Here's why...
Here are some shots from around my kitchen...so you can see why I need more red.
The long view of one side of my kitchen. Touches of red here...
The cab I converted into a display shelf. More reds here...
The fave corner of my kitchen. More on this later...and more reds.
The opposite side of the same countertop...more Portuguese Pottery...and more reds.
So I think you see the picture ...the black and white harlequin just simply didn't pull in enough of the red from around the kitchen. So...I admitted defeat and rolled up the wallpaper for another project. (Oops! Did I just say the "P" word?) It's back to the wallpaper store. So, why am I posting a project that didn't quite make it? We always see projects that "worked out" - but rarely do we see some that didn't.
Now you have! :-) More to come...hopefully the finished project!
Happy Listening to Your Home....Barb